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U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
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Defendant(S) Inc.
Hachette Book Group Inc.
Harpercollins Publishers LLC
Macmillan Publishing Group LLC
Penguin Random House LLC
Simon & Schuster Inc.
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Hagens Berman filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that colluded with the “Big Five,” five of the nation’s largest publishers, including Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group Inc. and Simon & Schuster Inc., to illegally fix prices of electronic books, also known as e-books, forcing consumers to pay higher prices.


Amazon and the Big Five entered into price-fixing agreements in 2015, which allowed the Big Five publishers to increase their eBook prices by up to 30%, while protecting Amazon from price competition from other e-book retailers.

As a result of this alleged collusion, the plaintiffs all share a similar experience: When they shopped around for better prices on a given e-book title, they instead found uniform, anticompetitive pricing across the internet.

The lawsuit against Amazon states that the e-book retailer violated antitrust and consumer-protection laws by pushing fraudulent price increases onto consumers through illegal pacts with its Big Five co-conspirators that raised the price of eBooks on retailer sites that compete with Amazon.


The lawsuit calls for monetary reimbursement for consumers who purchased e-books through e-book retailers that compete with Amazon, and also seeks injunctive relief that would require Amazon and its co-conspirators to stop enforcing anticompetitive price restraints. Hagens Berman believes that those who unknowingly paid high prices for e-books sold by Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group Inc. and Simon & Schuster Inc. deserve compensation for the greed and wrongdoing of this price-fixing scheme.


Hagens Berman is one of the most successful consumer litigation law firms in the U.S. and has achieved more than $260 billion in settlements for consumers in lawsuits against manufacturers, food corporations, automakers, big banks and others. Hagens Berman has achieved record-breaking settlements in antitrust cases, and your claim will be handled by attorneys experienced in consumer antitrust law. The firm also won a prior class-action lawsuit regarding artificially high prices for e-books, winning $400 million for purchasers in a case that went before the Supreme Court.


There is no cost or fee whatsoever involved in joining this case. In the event Hagens Berman or any other firm obtains a settlement that provides benefits to class members, the court will decide a reasonable fee to be awarded to the class' legal team. Class members will not be asked to pay any out-of-pocket sum.

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